EBEF 2024 will include concurrent facilitated discussions led by ethics practitioners, for ethics practitioners. These are a chance to hear about best practice, new ideas and offer your input into the important topics facing E&C today. The following topics will be in each of the facilitated discussion slots over the two days* – NB: this is a guide only. The topics, facilitators and timings are open to change
Thursday 08 February
11:00 to 12:15
Codes of ethics in the UK’s leading companies
Facilitators: Lisa Pennycook, Conduct Risk Senior Consultant and Becca Ross, Senior Customer and Conduct Risk Consultant, Phoenix Group | Moderator: Rachael Saunders, IBE
A case study of the development of a code for a FTSE 100 company. This session will consist of a journey through the development of a code, how it was embedded within the organisation and the challenges and pitfalls along the way.
Evidence-based Ethics: how ECI’s new Business Integrity Library bridges gaps as a cross-disciplinary resource
Facilitator: M B West, ECI Advisor | Moderator: Evren Esen, ECI
This session will address one of the most pressing issues today in corporate and organisational reputation management – credibility: whether leadership can credibly substantiate its brand promises and performance claims with verifiable, quantified data that prove value and resonate with a diverse, discerning, and even deeply divided public. Sustainability, diversity, governance, and similar corporate programmes face complex credibility problems – from “greenwashing” and ethical controversies over “say-do” disconnects, to divisive partisanship about even merely using terms like “ESG.” Attendees will have the chance to see a newly launched Business Integrity Library – a searchable database of top corporate integrity practices from the world’s leading companies – to provide practitioners with a first-of-its-kind resource to seek evidence-based trust that corporations can leverage through the power of shared data and best practice.
How companies can formulate an ethical approach to AI
Facilitator: Geneviève-Fieux-Castagnet, Head of AI Ethics, SNCF | Moderator: Benoit Mercier, CEA
Digital systems using artificial intelligence are numerous and now widely deployed in our daily lives. All industrial companies are equally concerned. 5 years ago, the SNCF began a pioneering ethical reflection on this subject. The company is now deploying a dedicated policy, under the responsibility of Geneviève-Fieux-Castagnet. Here’s a look back and some best practices.
ISO 37001 : a journey toward certification
Facilitator: Laurence Mouly, Head of Ethics & Compliance, Safran | Moderator: Marie-Agnes Vieitez, CEA
In the fight against corruption, an international norm is recognised as the highest standard: ISO 37001. How can you obtain it? How to prepare the audit : the things not to forget, the little extras that make all the difference? A look back at Safran’s journey towards certification.
Thursday 08 February
13:30 to 14:45
Ethics and data: measuring to empower middle management
Facilitator: Alexandre Anselmi, Head of Group Ethics Programme, Sodexo | Moderator: Prathima Talakanti, Capgemini
Developing and measuring an ethical culture is a continuous process. Many resources and initiatives can be used to empower and stimulate it. But what are their real effects? How can we measure the spread of an ethical culture within a company, while encouraging middle management to embrace it? The IT tools exist, but how do you set them up? And how can they be used to contribute to business challenges? Reflections and presentation of implementation by Sodexo.
Embedding behavioural science into the ethics programme
Facilitator: Simone Holliday, Deputy Ethics Leader, Deloitte Global | Moderator: Rachael Saunders, IBE
Exploring how using a behavioural science approach can help predict employee responses to various work pressures and situations, and design specific interventions to promote a desired ethical culture. This session will look at some practices around ethical nudges and targeted learning to support psychologically safe team environments.
How an effective HQP (High-Quality Programme) assessment can provide the data for a successful E&C programme
Facilitator: Julia Arbery, LLM, Partner, StoneTurn | Moderator: Evren Esen, VP – Research & Analytics, ECI
For practitioners in organisations seeking to achieve the highest level of business integrity, this session will focus on the importance of benchmarking surveys that provide a framework for excellence in Ethics & Compliance. Learn the importance of surveying to measure program design & quality for E&C team, senior leaders, and Board of Directors.
Fighting fatigue when implementing Ethics training
Facilitator: Benoit le Merre, Ethics & Compliance Specialist, Airbus | Moderator: Ian Peters, IBE
Airbus will share recent experience of E&C training on awareness and exposed employees. Join the debate to discuss new approaches to encourage the uptake of training throughout an organisation.
Friday 09 February
10:45 to 12:00
Ethics in sport – Olympic Games 2024
Facilitator: Nicola Bonucci, Member of the Ethics Committee of the COJOP | Moderator: Stephanie Scouppe, CEA
Although the world of sport is a symbol of strong values, it is not immune to ethical scandals. Harassment, corruption, heavy environmental impact: the criticisms levelled at it are multiplying. As partners in major sporting events, companies need to put in place robust sponsorship arrangements to avoid all ethical risks, whether legal, financial or reputational. A meeting between a corporate ethics manager sponsoring the Paris Olympics 2024 and a member of the Olympic Games Ethics Committee.
Evolution of a Speak Up programme
Facilitator: Dawn Wood, Engagement, Training and Programme Manager, Ethics and Compliance, Rolls Royce | Moderator: Ian Peters, IBE
This session will explore how to continue to develop a Speak Up programme to adapt to new legislation and business strategy; how to communicate a Speak Up programme to keep it fresh and relevant in the business; trends and how to better understand and respond to them.
Towards a European duty of vigilance
Facilitator: Soundous Hassouni, Sustainability Due Diligence Manager, Decathlon | Moderator: Cecile Willems, Capgemini
Increasingly institutionalised, CSR is now based on a precise analysis of social and environmental risks along the entire value chain. Since the UK’s Modern Slavery Act in 2015 and France’s Duty of Vigilance in 2017, third-party due diligence practices have been greatly strengthened. Their requirements are now being taken up by various European legislators – from Germany to the Netherlands – in anticipation of forthcoming EU-wide harmonisation via CS3D. What best practices have already been identified? How can we prepare for those to come? A seasoned professional shares her experience.
Racism, discrimination and the abuse of power: shifting awareness to action
Facilitator: Daniel Hotard, JD, Ph, Associate Researcher, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Économique | Moderator: Evren Esen, ECI
This important session provides practitioners the guidance as to what extent do issues of racial discrimination concern organisations as opposed to individuals? What are organisations doing to anticipate these issues, and to address them effectively when they arise? What practices are emerging? With these questions in mind, attendees will be able to delve into the recently released report Racism, Discrimination and Abuse of Power (RDAP).
Friday 09 February
13:15 to 14:30
Risk culture vs ethics and organisation culture – is there a difference?
Facilitator: Darriane Garrett, Director Ethics and Culture, BDO | Moderator: Ian Peters, IBE
Organisations place focus on culture such as the proactive embedding of ethical and lawful behaviour, embracing difference and diversity, respectfully challenging the status quo. Ethical organisational culture is a key element to effective risk management and embedding a sound risk culture in organisations.
Internal investigations: best practices
Facilitator: Nathalie Victory, Audit Project Manager – E&C Investigations, Group ADP | Moderator: Philippe Symons, Sodexo
Since the systematic introduction of robust automated alert systems, companies have been faced with a growing number of reports. To deal with them, some companies have set up dedicated internal investigation teams. What principles and methods do they follow? What difficulties do they encounter, and what tips do they use to overcome them? Case study with an internal investigator at ADP.
Third-party Compliance: from anti-corruption to international sanctions
Facilitator: Domitille Fontaine-Castets, Group Chief Compliance Officer, Accor | Moderator: Marie-Agnes Vieitez, CEA
Multinational companies must comply with various Compliance norms from anti-corruption to sanctions. In a globalised economy, this means screening their entire supply chain and customers, starting with Tier 1 and down. We are talking of thousands of lines on an Excel sheet. How can it be organised? What strategy and methods should be used? What pitfalls should be avoided? A duet by two very different industries: Hospitality and Defence.
Friday 09 February
15:00 to 16:15
Preparing the next generation of leaders to address E&C issues
Facilitator: Marc Toussaint, Ethics and Compliance – Transformation and culture change, Airbus | Moderator: Rachael Saunders, IBE
Many businesses are reporting that young people are more likely to report ethical concerns about colleagues and ways of working, have different expectations of managers and leaders, and use different communications channels. In this session, we will examine the demand for ethics from younger employees who want purpose of work, how we can promote ethics to younger people throughout an organisation, and how E&C practitioners can mentor the next generation of leaders to ensure that they are prepared to face ethical issues.
Ethics of Gen AI: the Google case
Facilitator: Christine Poli, Head of Legal, Google Cloud, EMEA | Moderator: Anne-Violane Monnie, CEA
Major tech companies are racing to design generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). These developments raise ethical questions – some in the realm of myth, fantasy and dystopia. But what is the perspective of designers on the subject? And how do their compliance measures ensure trustworthy AI? Here’s a look at the practices deployed by Google.
Future-ready ethics and compliance professionals: essential skills and qualities
Facilitator: Andrew Blasi, CEO, Ethicist Intl | Moderator: Trent Walter, ECI
This session will delve into the evolving demands placed on E&C professionals, encompassing both current challenges and future trends. Gain valuable insights into the key skills required to navigate complex ethical and compliance landscapes.
* subject to change